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Video: How to Find High-Quality Companies With the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener

Charlie Tian gives a tutorial on setting up custom filters to find high-quality companies

March 18, 2020

Charlie Tian walks us through how to utilize the All-In-One Screener on GuruFocus.com. The All-In-One Screener allows users to set up custom filters to narrow down high quality stocks for investment. As well users can apply GuruFocus pre-made filters if they do not know what types of stocks they are looking for.

Hi fellow investors,

In my first video I mentioned that if you want to invest at this time, you want to invest in high-quality companies. The reason is because high-quality companies usually have a strong balance sheet and they can be profitable, they can make money in a down market, even in recessions. So they are much safer to invest in. So where can you find high-quality companies?

A place where you can find high-quality companies is GuruFocus’ All-in-One Screener. You can find the All-in-One Screener under the main Screeners drop-down menu on GuruFocus.com. On the All-In-One Screener page, there are hundreds and hundreds of filters that you can use to screen for high-quality companies. You can even create your own filters if you do not like the filters that are already made. This will allow you to create a filter for your own parameters when searching.

To find high-quality companies with the All-in-One Screener, you want to look for companies that have a high financial strength. GuruFocus has created a ranking system that shows the financial strength of companies on a scale of 1 to 10. The higher the number that a company is given, the higher their financial strength. If you were to filter companies by a profitability rank of 8, you would be able to find many companies that fit that parameter. You could also filter the search by companies that appear on the S&P 500 to further limit your results. If you wanted even higher-quality companies, you could also filter by Return on Equity. Another helpful filter would be to apply a Revenue Growth Rate of at least 15% to make sure that the companies you search for will continue to grow in the future as they have over the last few years. Setting your filters like this will allow you to narrow down to less than 20 companies to look at.

GuruFocus has also created a lot of pre-existing filters set up as GuruFocus Screeners that can help you find high-quality companies if you do not know where to start looking. These will preset all the filters based upon GuruFocus’ definition of high-quality companies and help you to begin your search. Another option is high-quality companies and low capex, which will limit the companies to those that are high-quality and also have a low capital expenditure. You can filter your results by industry as well.

The All-In-One Screener provides a very flexible tool when looking for high-quality companies. If you do not know what you are looking for, the GuruFocus Screeners are a great place to start. Once you find a GuruFocus Screener that you like, you can edit the filters to further suit your search and, once you are happy, you can save that search as your own custom Screener. Then the next time you are looking for companies, you can utilize your custom Screener, which is found under My Screeners.

I welcome any questions and comments. Please feel free to leave them at the bottom of this article or on our social media sites. I will answer any and all questions to the best of my ability.

Thank you and see you next time,

Charlie Tian

About the author:

Charlie Tian, Ph.D., is the founder of GuruFocus. You can now order his book Invest Like a Guru on Amazon.

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It is useful. Thank you

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